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Determination of candidates for scholarship acceptance before application for entrance examinations from high school graduates in remote areas

Establishment of the "Go for it! Miyako-no-Seihoku Scholarship (Advance Scholarship Acceptance before Entrance Examinations) Program

This system targets high school graduates whose household economic situation prevents them from considering taking entrance examinations and advancing to university. In the system, applications for scholarships are accepted before application for entrance examinations. Scholarship applications are reviewed and applicants who are determined to qualify for receipt of scholarships are classified as scholarship acceptance candidates and are promised the receipt of a scholarship after entering university. All scholarships acceptance candidates will become scholarship students after entering university. Waseda University seeks to offer equal opportunities to students from throughout Japan, and hopes that the number of students from remote areas will increase due to implementation of this system. The scholarship amount is \400,000 per year, and the payments continue for 4 years until the student graduates. In the first year of implementing this system, approximately 500 scholarship acceptance candidates were designated from throughout Japan. From the second and subsequent years of the system, Waseda plans to increase as quickly as possible the number of scholarship acceptance candidates to 1,000. The source of this scholarship is donations from the Waseda University Alumni Association and dividends from the Waseda University Credit Card.

High school graduates who fulfill all of the following conditions are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Conditions for Application
  1. 1. Students who will take the General Admission Examination of Waseda University or the National Center Test for University Admissions, and will enter university in April.
  2. 2. Students who have graduated from a high school in an area other than the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture).
  3. 3. For students entering university in 2009, students who plan to graduate from high school in March 2009 or who have graduated from high school after March 2008.
  4. 4. Students who possessed a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while in high school.
  5. 5. Students in a family where the salary of the principal income earner is less than \6,000,000 per year, or less than \2,500,000 in the case of business income.

For students who plan to apply for the 2009 entrance examinations, the deadline to apply for this scholarship system was November 28th. Information regarding the new establishment of this scholarship system took place in early November. Information included presentations given to various news networks and preparatory schools, as well as written material distributed to high schools in various regions. The actual application period was from November 10th to November 28th. Despite a promotion and application period of only approximately 3 weeks, 153 applications were received from 39 different prefectures throughout Japan. From next year, Waseda hopes to receive applications from more students considering taking entrance examinations for our university. To achieve this goal, Waseda is planning a variety of promotional activities regarding the existence and contents of this system. These promotional activities will target high school graduates, high schools, and preparatory schools in various regions.